KUNSTLER 2006 COLLECTABLE ORNAMENT – "WINTER RIDERS"
by Mort Kunstler
Edition Size: 7500
Here for your consideration is the Timber Ridge School 2006 Limited Edition Collectable Christmas Ornament featuring Mort Kunstler's 2006 snow scene "WINTER RIDERS." This is the 11th in a series of ornaments produced and issued by the Timber Ridge School.
"WINTER RIDERS" depicts Raleigh, North Carolina in the Winter of 1863. Artist Mort Kunstler loves to paint snow scenes and night scenes, so working on "WINTER RIDERS" was a delight for him. He wanted to do a unique painting that symbolized North Carolina’s role in the Civil War. After several visits to Raleigh, the concept for "WINTER RIDERS" emerged. Kunstler learned that the capital was blanketed with snow on February 5, 1863, so that was the date he picked to paint this scene. Featuring Confederate troops and civilians, it represents North Carolina’s major contribution to the war: its people.
This Christmas ornament was produced and issued exclusively by the Timber Ridge School, a licensed residential treatment center and accredited educational program serving young men between the ages of 11 and 19 with a history of serious emotional, learning, and behavioral difficulties. Funds for the improvement of campus programs and facilities are raised through the original sale of ornaments. Mort Kunstler, a very generous supporter of the school, donated the use of his work "WINTER RIDERS" for this ornament. No more than 7,500 of this 11th in a series of ornaments were produced. It has a 24 karat gold plated over brass border and is finished with blue ribbon. It is packaged in a blue presentation box with black felt backing and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity and an ornament stand so it can be either hung on a tree or displayed on a shelf.